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looking for a few days relaxation, pedestrian-friendly

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looking for a few days relaxation, pedestrian-friendly

Recommendations for staying east of Genova for 3 nights in September? Our group will be without a car, interested in visiting Cinque Terre and Portovenere (and open to staying there). Considering lodging options in Camogli, Santa Margherita/Ligure, Sestri-Levante, Levanto, but haven't been in these places before and am curious as to how they compare to CT. Traveling with some older relatives and want comfortable lodgings, easy access to trains and ferries, walkability without lots of car traffic. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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1. Re: looking for a few days relaxation, pedestrian-friendly

Looking for comfortable lodgings with elderly relatives suggest Santa Margherita Ligure or Sestri Levante. Camogli although a delightful place is very hilly and the CT villages even in September will be bustling with fellow tourists. I stayed a week last year at Sestri and found it a very relaxing place popular with Italian families whilst SML is a more up-market resort with some very nice but probably rather expensive hotels along the front. Look at some hotel web sites, there are plenty to choose from in both places.

In regard to the CT villages I suggest you take the train to Monterosso, after looking around the place go down to the habour and get an all day ferry ticket to the other villages and Portovenere. Getting to Portovenere in time for lunch. After lunch get the ferry back to Riomaggiore and walk along the flat Trail to Manarola and take the ferry or train to Vernazza returning to SML or Sestri by train.

Some pics

http://tinyurl.com/Sestri-Levante-Pics

http://tinyurl.com/Cinque-Terre-Pics

http://tinyurl.com/Italian-Riviera-Pics

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2. Re: looking for a few days relaxation, pedestrian-friendly

I suggest reading this Trip Advisor post with pros and cons from visitors to the CT to see if that's what your group will enjoy.

http://goo.gl/T31F0

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